The many features a dehumidifier can have will drive up the initial cost. Think carefully about what your needs are and the area in which you will be using the dehumidifier as you plan your purchase and keep track of your running costs.
What Options Influence the Price?
Here are several of the features that a dehumidifier can have that you will need to make a decision on as you get ready to buy one:
- Different dehumidifiers operate at different temperatures. Some can work in near-freezing conditions. If you live in a warm climate and are using the machine indoors, you obviously will not need one that can work in temps as low as 38 degrees. Bypass those machines that can work in very low temperatures if you do not need that feature. If you are using a dehumidifier on your boat, however, the temperature can get down to near freezing even in Florida.
- The power of the machine to draw air out of a large area and the size of the drainage tubs impact the price of dehumidifiers. How big of a space are you seeking to dry out and how wet is it now? There are many handy tables that can guide you as to the power that you will need.
- Humidifiers have several operating modes if you want them. Some come with normal, continuous and auto dry settings. How will you use your machine? Will you want it to run continuously? Will you use it in different areas only until the space is dried out? This will help you to decide if you need a machine with 3-5 settings or just one.
- Humidifiers also come with and without timers. Is that a feature that interests you? If so, get one with a timer.
- Some of the top-line humidifiers can even be programmed to maintain a given humidity in a chosen space. If you want to be precise about the humidity level in your room/home, buy a machine that can monitor this. Most experts say 40-50% humidity is ideal for humans.
- The displays of dehumidifiers vary quite a bit. If you want one that shows the room temperature, humidity and time at a glance, among other readings, seek out a more expensive machine. Many come with a light that indicates when the tank is full and needs to be emptied.
- Do you live somewhere that experiences frequent power outages? Then you will need a machine that has an auto restart feature that will restore the settings you had before the power was interrupted.
- If you want to avoid being responsible for draining your machine, you can buy a model that has a connection that will hook up to a standard garden hose.
- If you want to move your dehumidifier from place to place, it is advisable to buy a model that has caster wheels. Dehumidifiers can be fairly heavy and awkward.